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Can-Can Valentines

Spills and frills! The can-can wasn’t always so. It was once a ballroom dance for couples that evolved into the chorus line of high kicks and petticoats that the Moulin Rouge became known for.

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In French, Can-Can means ‘scandal.’ At the time it was considered scandalous for a woman to be seen dancing in public in a way that implied a lack of self control and left the participant hopelessly out of breath.

 How the definition of scandal continues to change!

scandalous collage

  In time for Valentines, a Can-Can craft activity.

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“La vie est belle, voila le quadrille!”

 ‘Life is beautiful, here comes the Cancan!’  Toulouse Lautrec.

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Rainy Day Crafts

School holidays are almost over!

We’ve been swimming a little…


Travelling a little…

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and eating lots…


With a forecast of rain ’till the end of the week, we’ll be wrapping up the holidays with a whole lotta this…



Rainy Day Crafts

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 Craft based on favourite bedtime book at the moment: Amy & Louis

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Coo-ee is a prolonged, shrill call originally used by indigenous Aboriginal Australians as a cry that carries out over long distances. In the 1840s, Australians could be heard coo-eeing through the foggy streets of London, desperate to find their fellow country men. It has become a national marker of Australian-ness.

Another Australian custom to partake in this Australia Day… Thong throwing competition. Throw far, throw wide and Coo-eee!

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Little Indians

Were you ever a cub scout or girl guide? Growing up, I had a friend who was. By the time we were teenagers she had acquired such a skill set, she could MacGyver her way out of any situation. With each newly mastered skill she received a badge, but little did she know of the the scouts shady beginnings.

Ernest in headdress

Back in the early 1900′s, Ernest Thompson Seton owned a lot of land in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. The local youth were not happy when he decided to fence off his vast hunting grounds (thus keeping all the wild game to himself). They retaliated by vandalizing his property. In the old ways of turning the other cheek, Sir Seton invited this local riff raff over for a weekend campout on his property. Two days, many toasted marsh mellows and Indian lore later, the boys grew fond of Sir Seton, so much so that they nick named him “Black Wolf.” These were the beginnings of ‘The League of Woodcraft Indians’ and eventually ‘The Boy Scouts of America.’

Much like my childhood friend and her treasure trove of badges, Indian tribes had their own system of badges. Their badges were feathers which were earned -acts of bravery. Each feather had special meaning. Once an Indian had accrued a good set of feathers, they would be made into a headdress to be worn with pride.

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My hand made stencil & screen printed Indian Headdress 


The kids colouring them in.


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Helen Borten illustration from Little Big Feather.

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